US Sailing presented a Hanson Rescue Medal to Erik and Brian Jones of San Francisco, Calif., for rescuing two sailors from San Francisco Bay on Aug. 19, 2009.
The brothers and their friends were taking their 28-foot powerboat to Berkeley Marina, where they observed two sailors capsizing in a 15-foot dinghy. Fortunately, both were wearing life jackets and wet suits, but the water was 51 degrees and the wind was blowing.
"We watched them struggle to try to re-enter the boat with no success," recalled Brian Gonzales. "It continually rolled over despite at least three attempts to right it."